Any band whose lead guitar chair was filled by Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page in succession, as was the case with the Yardbirds in the mid- to late '60s, is going to have a very interesting history. Although they never quite reached the international success of some of the other so-called British Invasion bands, in many ways the Yardbirds were one of the most innovative and influential, instilling their white blues with long improvisations, then diving easily and naturally into psychedelic pop with songs like "Shapes of Things" and the Gregorian chant-inspired "Still I'm Sad." This succinct set of their peak early hits includes both of those songs plus "For Your Love," "Heart Full of Soul" and the group's restructuring of Bo Diddley's "I'm a Man," although it lacks the dizzying and powerful "Over Under Sideways Down." That omission aside, most of what matters is here.
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AllMusic Review by Steve Leggett